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Take Five: “Enhancing women’s economic situation would trigger a ripple effect”

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ghadeer Khuffash, CEO of Jordan Education for Employment. Photo Courtesy of EFE-Jordan. Ghadeer Khuffash is a women’s rights activist with years of experience in education, vocational training and workforce development. She is now the CEO of Jordan Education for Employment (JEFE), a non-profit organization with a presence across the Middle East and North Africa that trains youth, places them in jobs in the private sector and provides micro-entrepreneurship training. JEFE is... More

Women set examples for peacebuilding in Yemen

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Some of Yemen’s most effective peacemakers are women. For many, this may come as a surprise: Yemen’s ongoing conflict and longstanding context of gender inequality do not immediately seem like conditions that would create women peacemakers. But in communities across Yemen, women are playing a critical role in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and strengthening social cohesion. UN Women Yemen, working with Nahj Consulting and Comra Films, presents the stories of four courageous... More

UN Women Regional Director for the Arab States calls on Iraqi leaders to safeguard women’s leadership positions

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mohammad Naciri, UN Women Regional Director for the Arab States. Photo: UN Women Iraq. (Baghdad, September 16, 2018)—Mohammad Naciri, UN Women Regional Director for the Arab States, called on Iraqi leaders to take practical and decisive steps to ensure that women have access to leadership positions at all levels of government, including at the highest levels, in order to achieve sustainable development and peace. Mr. Naciri spoke at the conclusion of his visit to Iraq, where he... More

Supporting women and girls to foster greater human security in Tripoli

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Women trained in food processing received their certificates in a ceremony recently organized under the “Shankal” Project in Tripoli, Lebanon. Photo: UNICEF/Ramzi Haidar Tripoli, Lebanon’s second biggest city, has witnessed significant fighting in its recent history, impacting on the local population’s enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedoms, and in particular on the rights and freedoms of women and girls. Women play an essential role in maintaining peace and... More

Time to recognize Yemeni women’s efforts to bring peace to their war-torn country

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Ahead of UN-supported consultations to end the devastating war in Yemen, a new report from UN Women examines the role of women in peace-making in Yemen, Syria and Iraq , reiterating the call for wider participation of women in all efforts to end conflict.  Yemen has been locked in a devastating conflict that has killed or injured almost 60,000 people and displaced 3 million more. Yemeni civilians are facing indiscriminate armed attacks, a severe cholera outbreak and the looming threat of... More

Women brokering peace in Iraq

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New report by UN Women looks at how women in the region influence and shape local processes for conflict and dispute resolution. War, sectarian politics and corruption have dramatically weakened the Iraqi state institutions. Scarcity of resources, weak service provision and the near-absence of protective institutions are driving conflicts at community level. Faced with these challenges, Iraqi women are working to resolve conflicts within their communities. Two such women are Razan and... More

Yemeni women using tribal systems to resolve conflict

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New report by UN Women looks at how women in the region influence and shape local processes for conflict and dispute resolution. Yemen has been locked in a devastating conflict that has killed or injured almost 60,000 people and displaced 3 million more. Yemeni civilians are facing a dire humanitarian situation compounded by a severe cholera outbreak. The situation of Yemeni women is exacerbated by gender dynamics and gender-based violence. Yet despite grave risks, Yemeni women are... More

Syrian women’s peace efforts: Crucial yet unrecognized

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New report by UN Women looks at how women in the region influence and shape local processes for conflict and dispute resolution. While the Syrian crisis did not stem from a movement for women’s empowerment, women organized and led marches, and were highly visible in media and advocacy efforts. They also participated in local coordination committees and groups that engaged with international news outlets to raise awareness about the situation in Syria abroad. However, the... More

Land rights at last for Sulaliyyate women in Morocco

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

After 10 years of advocacy, ethnic Sulaliyyate women of Morocco finally have equal land rights. On 23 July, a State-run lottery distributed some 860 plots of land equally among men and women, as part of ongoing efforts to privatize land throughout the country. More

Men in Lebanon explore positive fatherhood through photo exhibition

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A group of men from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon participated in the photo exhibition ‘Through My Father’s Eyes’ , organized by CARE International and UN Women, aimed at showcasing stories of positive fatherhood. The exhibition followed a project conducted in Beirut and Tripoli to engage men in promoting positive models of fatherhood, as part of the UN Women regional programme ‘Men and Women for Gender Equality’ funded by the Swedish International Development... More

Historic leap in Tunisia: Women make up 47 per cent of local government

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Seven years after the 2011 Revolution and four years after the adoption of the Constitution, women now make up 47 per cent of the local council positions in Tunisia following the May 2018 elections. The dramatic increase in women members is the result of a 2016 electoral law that includes the principles of parity and alternation between men and women on candidate lists for all elections. More

From where I stand: “I learned to stand on my own feet and everything changed for the better”

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Lubna Masalha* from Gaza is a survivor of violence and one of the five trainees selected to work at the UN Women-supported Hayat Business Incubator designed to empower survivors of violence through sustainable income-generating opportunities. Funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), the Incubator aims to support the economic empowerment and reintegration of survivors of violence by providing necessary skills for sustainable income generation such as marketable food... More

The Road towards a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for Lebanon

Monday, August 20, 2018

Wedged between prolonged conflict on both its northern and southern borders with Syria and Israel, respectively, Lebanon has endured immense stress over the past several decades. Presently, Lebanon hosts the highest number of refugees per capita in the world—more than 450,000 Palestinian refugees and close to one million Syrian refugees, three-fourths of them women and children. In addition to the tensions near its borders with Syria and Israel, Lebanon is still reeling from the... More

Empowerment through employment for Syrian refugee women in Jordan

Sunday, August 19, 2018

1.3 million refugees are currently hosted by Jordan, a country that continues to demonstrate humanitarian leadership in the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis— a centre for refugee women and girls to access emergency aid and specialized gender-based violence services at Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan. Over time, the scope and impact of the Oasis model has expanded to encompass multi-sectoral services that build women’s resilience and empowerment. Currently, UN Women operates four Oasis centres in two Jordanian camps: Za’atari and Azraq. More

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Nouf’s Blog Nouf AlJahdami – a humanist and a scholar of security and global studies with an emphasis on media. Photo: Courtesy of Nouf AlJahdami In Gulf countries, globalization brings problems with migrant workers Originally published in the Voices of Youth blog of UN Women Asia Pacific Dated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Author : Nouf AlJahdami The countries of the Middle East historically have not been plagued by civil disruptions due to globalization, such as labour... More

Iraqi youth closing the gender knowledge gap, one Wikipedia article at a time

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Baghdad, Iraq – To mark World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, UN Women Iraq office joined forces with the Sweden Embassy in Baghdad and young volunteers to convene an “editathon” to promote knowledge of Iraqi women and their experiences through the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Twenty volunteers mostly university students and graduates and active youth in civil society and promotion of gender equality joined the editathon and edited more than 40 articles of noble Iraqi... More

Take Five: “Our goal is for childcare services in the workplace to be recognized as a public good”

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Randa Naffa is a community organizer and founding member of SADAQA—an NGO dedicated to empowering Jordanian women in the workplace that has directly contributed to establishing more than 90 workplace childcare centres. SADAQA is now working in partnership with UN Women to promote women’s participation in the labour market through enhanced legislation and enforcement, as well as by increasing accessible transportation and childcare services in the Southern Governorates of Jordan and... More

From Where I Stand: “I transformed into a new person”

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Originally published on UN Women Europe and Central Asia’s website. Zuke El Hasan* is a Syrian refugee who has been living in Gaziantep, near Turkey’s border with Syria, since 2016. She describes how the SADA Women-only Centre, which provides Turkish language, vocational skills as well as referral and psycho-social support to women in Gaziantep, helped her build self-confidence, learn new skills, and transform herself.  The SADA Women-only Centre has been established by UN... More

Here's Why Syrian Women are Integral to Peace

Sunday, August 5, 2018

This analysis was originally published in the Atlantic Council website . Eight years and many conferences into the Syria conflict, Syrian women still struggle to have their voices heard in decision making forums that directly impact them as citizens, and as political, economic, and civil society actors. Syrian women present at the western male-dominated EU-UN conference,  Supporting Syria and the Region —known as Brussels II—in April 2018, explicitly spoke to the political... More

Algeria’s female football team, playing football to break stereotypes.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The national women’s football team of Algeria, with their coach. Photo: Fédération Algérienne de Football The Algerian women’s football team was created in the early nineteen nineties. The team has since become professional and the Algerian Football Federation has opened schools for the development of women’s football in several regions of the country. The good results of the team, including qualifying for the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations to... More

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